August 19, 2004



Jace Clayton sends an update, including links to a bio of the mighty Moroccan band Nass el Ghiwane and an article of his own. I quote: "The New York Foundation for the Arts Quarterly asked Jace to write an essay exploring ideas in his musical approach. He discusses DJing in the Persian Gulf, Victoria´s Secret supermodels on Moroccan rai bootleg CDs, and more. It´s intended for a general audience."

The general audience is also the target of this newspaper article. Carl Wilson does as good a job as anybody in the lower 48 of making an umbrella piece not feel streched and patched to accommodate those being sheltered. (Nice Atwood quote, too.) When Wilson reaches the idea of "lit hop," and wonders why there's no such thing, I felt an involuntary response burp out: "There's already a lit-hop. It's called hip-hop." That doesn't mean I disagree with Wilson's take on the relationship between indie rock and its lit cohort. It means the first thing I thought was that indie rockers are reaching out to writers (thought of the miserably obvious sort) because rock lyrics have sucked such massive ass in the last 15 years. This is not one of hip-hop's 99 problems.

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